Twins vs. Yankees AL Wild Card Game: Live Updates and Score


12:09am UTC Oct 4, 2017New York
Joe Tansey

The American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night pits a surprising success story against one of the most stories franchises in baseball. The Minnesota Twins visit the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium at 8 p.m. ET with a spot in the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians on the line. Ervin Santana will take the mound for the Twins, who haven't been in the postseason since 2010. Luis Severino will be on the hill for the Yankees, who last the 2015 Wild Card game in their last postseason appearance.

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    MLB @MLB

    Here’s some news to spread: The @Yankees are off to the #ALDS! #CLINCHED

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    That was the #Twins first hit since their leadoff single in the sixth inning.

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    Mauer keeps hope alive

    Mauer sneaks a single through the left side of the infield. The Twins still have plenty of work to do though as Polanco comes to the plate.

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    One out away

    Champan gets Dozier to chase an outside pitch for the second out. Mauer steps to the plate as the last hope for the Twins.

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    New York 8, Minnesota 4 (End 8th)

    The Yankees are three outs away from facing the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. Chapman is coming out of the bullpen to close out the contest.

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    Pitching Change

    Matt Belisle comes in to pitch the eighth for the Twins.

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    Kahnle stays dominant

    What an incredible night for the Yankees bullpen to set the stage for Chapman in the ninth Kahnle retires his seventh batter in a row to end the top of the eighth.

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    Right over the bag.

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    Time Running Out on Twins

    Kahnle dropped the ball at first, but Granite was tagged out after missing first.

    Mark Feinsand @Feinsand

    Granite never touched first base. Good call by 1B umpire Mike Winters.

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    New York 8, Minnesota 4 (End 7th)

    Busenitz gets Ellsbury to fly out to left field to end the seventh. With no one warming up in the Yankees bullpen, Kahnle will be trusted to start, and possibly get through, the eighth.

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    Bases Loaded Walk

    Busenitz walks Hicks with the bases loaded to bring Judge across the plate. The reliever will remain in the game with Ellsbury at the dish.

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    Pitching Change

    Rogers does his job and strikes out Bird. With the switch hitting Hicks coming to the plate, the Twins turn to Alan Busenitz to get out of the bases loaded jam.

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    Pitching Change

    Taylor Rogers replaces Hildenberger with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. The Twins southpaw will face left-handed hitter Greg Bird.

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    Yankees load bases

    Sanchez loops a single into right as Judge takes off from first. Judge advances easily to third and then Sanchez moves over to second following an errant throw to third base. Gregorius is intentionally walked to load the bases for Castro with no outs.

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Yankees starter Luis Severino gave up four hits, two homers, to first six batters in 1/3 inning. The #Yankees bullpen: 4 hits in 6 2/3 IP

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    Yankees Bullpen on a Roll

    Kahnle silences the Twins offense as he retires the side in the seventh. What a turnaround for the Yankees on the mound after Severino's awful start. They are now set up to use Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman in the eighth and ninth to close the game out.

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    New York 7, Minnesota 4 (End 6th)

    Hildenberger does a nice job in his first inning of relief as he retires the Yankees in order. Polanco, Rosario and Escobar are due up in the seventh against Kahnle.

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    Pitching Change

    Trevor Hildenberger comes on for the Twins in relief of Berrios, who gave up five hits and three earned runs while striking out four over three innings.

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    Gardner tracks down the final out

    Mauer gives the ball a ride to the warning track in left, but Gardner tracks it down to end the Minnesota threat.

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    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

    David Robertson threw a career-high 3 1/3 IP and 52 pitches in his relief outing for Yankees

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    Pitching Change

    After he walks Dozier, Robertson exits the game to a standing ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd. Tommy Kahnle will face Mauer with runners on first and second and two outs.

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    Two more strikeouts for Robertson

    After he strikes out two batters with a runner on first, Robertson receives a visit from Girardi. No change is made as Kahnle warms up in the bullpen in case the Yankees need to make a change.

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    Most outs by Yankees bullpen in any 9-inning postseason win: 25, in Game 4 of 1932 World Series. On a path to break that one tonight.

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    Buxton Update

    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Byron Buxton left the game with upper back tightness

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    Quick inning for Berrios

    The Yankees go down in order against Berrios as we finish our first scoreless inning. Berrios has thrown 59 pitches in three innings. Santana threw 64 in his two-inning stint on the mound.

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    Robertson continues to cruise

    All the Twins can get off Robertson in the fifth inning is a two-out single by Escobar. Robertson has only given up two hits in 2.2 innings in relief. He's also been efficient by only tossing 31 pitches.

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    New York 7, Minnesota 4 (End 4th)

    Well, at least this marathon of a game has been entertaining. There have been five home runs in four innings at Yankee Stadium. Minnesota has a pair of righthanders tossing in the bullpen.

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    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

    Aaron Judge: 3rd rookie in Yankees history to HR in postseason debut Others: Shane Spencer Elston Howard. via @EliasSports

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    Katie Sharp @ktsharp

    Aaron Judge: 1st Yankee OF to homer in postseason debut since Shane Spencer in 1998 ALDS Game 2

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    Home Run Judge!

    Judge sends a Berrios pitch over the left field fence for a two-run home run. The Yankees now lead 7-4!

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    Gardner on base with one out

    Gardner loops a single into short left field to get on base with Judge coming to the dish.

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    Bad News for the Twins

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Oh boy. Byron Buxton is out of the game. Zack Granite replaces him in CF for the Twins.

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    New York 5, Minnesota 4 (Middle 4th)

    Robertson gets Mauer to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the fourth inning. Bird made a terrific stretch at first to get to the ball right before Mauer touched first.

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Fun facts: 3 innings. 169 pitches. 5 pitchers. 9 runs. 4 HRs. 1 hour, 43 minutes. #Twins #Yankees

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    New York 5, Minnesota 4 (End 3rd)

    Escobar hugs the railing near the third base dugout to haul in a fly ball off the bat of Ellsbury. The Yankees go ahead again in the bottom of the third, but they stranded runners on first and second.

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    New York Yankees @Yankees

    Back on top! Gary scores on the Bird RBI single! 🐦 🐦 🐦 🐦 🐦 🐦

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    Bird drives in Sanchez!

    After two strikeouts in a row by Berrios with Sanchez on second, Bird drives a pitch to right field to bring home Sanchez and put the Yankees back in the lead.

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    History! This is the first winner-take-all postseason game ever in which neither starter got past the 2nd inning.

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    Pitching Change

    Jose Berrios enters the game for the Twins after Santana struggled to get through two innings.

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    Minnesota 4, New York 4 (Middle 3rd)

    Robertson strikes out Castro to limit the damage in the top of the third. Who will the Yankees turn to after Robertson reaches his limit? That'll be interesting to follow as the game progresses.

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    Buxton scores Polanco on fielder's choice

    Buxton, who runs well down the line, grounds a potential double play ball to short, but the Yankees can only manage to get a force at second. We're tied once again at 4-4.

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    The last time David Robertson came into a game in the third inning was July 18, 2010. Also did it in Game 5 of the 2009 World Series.

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    Pitching Change

    After Green walks Kepler to load the bases, Girardi races out of the dugout to call Robertson into the game with one out in the third inning.

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    Green starts 3rd inning with two walks

    Polanco and Rosales are walked by Green to put runners on first and second with no outs and Escobar at the plate. David Robertson is throwing in the Yankees bullpen.

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    Ervin Santana’s last start: 57 pitches to get through 5 innings. Tonight vs. the Yankees: 64 pitches to get through 2 innings!

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    New York 4, Minnesota 3 (End 2nd)

    That has to be end of Santana's night. The Minnesota starter has been unable to locate his pitches all night and the Twins can't afford to have him out there any longer. Jose Berrios could be the option in the third. He was warming up in the bullpen in the first inning.

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    Mark Feinsand @Feinsand

    That's Gardner's first career postseason homer. He didn't take kindly to Santana's previous inside pitch. That's called payback.

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    Home Run Gardner!

    Brett Gardner sends an inside pitch into the right field bleachers to give the Yankees a one-run lead!

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    That Dude @cjzer0

    Byron Buxton. Unreal.

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    What a catch!

    Buxton launches himself into the centerfield wall to rob Todd Frazier of an extra base hit!

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    Randy Miller @RandyJMiller

    Through 1 ½ innings, #Yankees RHP Chad Green retired five batters on 25 pitches while starters Severino and Santana retired four in 81.

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    Green retires the side in order

    Chad Green strikes out the first batters he faces in the top of the second to double his strikeout total. The righthander reliever then forces Mauer into a fly out to center to finish off the side in order.

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Molitor and Allen just spoke with Santana, the manager tapping the pitcher on the leg. Unclear what they've told him.

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    Minnesota 3, New York 3 (End 1st)

    Go grab some snacks and load up on some caffeine. It's going to be a long night after the first inning takes 45 minutes to complete. Santana and Severino did not have their stuff on the mound in the first inning. Santana is still in the game for now, while Severino was pulled after recording one out.

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    Santana continues to struggle

    The 35th pitch of Santana's first inning is a ball beneath the strikezone that Greg Bird easily takes. The Twins have Jose Berrios and Alan Busenitz throwing in the bullpen just in case Santana continues to fall on hard times.

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    Gregorius ties the game with a home run!

    Didi Gregorius ignites the crowd in the Bronx as he drills a three-run home run deep over the right center field fence. We're all tied up at 3-3.

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    Judge singles, Gardner to third

    Aaron Judge shortens his swing and knocks the ball off the end of his bat into short center for a single. Gardner gets a great jump on the 3-2 count and easily cruises into third with no outs and Gary Sanchez at the plate.

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    #Yankees made up 0-3 deficit on 9/20 vs. #Twins with 11 unanswered runs. But that was with Bartolo Colon starting.

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    Minnesota 3, New York 0 (Middle 1st)

    Chad Green comes in and controls the damage as he retires Byron Buxton and Jason Castro while stranding runners on second and third. Let's see how the Yankees can respond at the plate in their first at bat.

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    Karl Ravech @karlravechespn

    12 swings versus Severino...7 foul balls, no swings and misses